I-Team: ACI director puts 4 on leave in seance investigation
CRANSTON, R.I. —
Rhode Island Department of Corrections Director A.T. Wall has placed four corrections employees on administrative leave, after the NBC 10 I-Team revealed an internal investigation into reports that a seance took place in the office of a top official.
The I-Team has learned the four employees on leave are Assistant Corrections Director David McCauley; Robert Vitale, warden of the Department of Corrections's central office; Gerald Masso, a security specialist and K-9 officer Anthony Lucca.
According to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation, Heather Anderson, a correctional officer, was called in from home after her overnight shift in late February to report to McCauley's office.
The I-Team was told when Anderson arrived, she was asked to do a psychic reading.
According to her website, Anderson calls herself "The Mystical Medium," someone who can talk to the dead.
Department of Corrections sources told the I-Team that Anderson performed psychic readings for about two hours during the day.
It's not clear if Anderson was paid overtime to come back in to work and do the psychic readings.
But McCauley and the three other men who are now on leave were allegedly on the clock. All four earn six-figure salaries.
In a statement released Tuesday, Wall said, "My first responsibility is to the public and to running the Department of Corrections. The investigation remains ongoing. For this reason, we still cannot discuss the specifics. This matter has become a distraction to the work of this agency. As a result, I have placed four individuals on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation."
Attempts to reach Anderson were unsuccessful.